Equal Representation in Arbitration: a year later
One year ago today, SCC Secretary General Annette Magnusson and SCC Chairperson Kaj Hobér signed the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge. A lot has happened since.
The Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge is a call for the international arbitration community to commit to increase, on an equal opportunity basis, the number of women appointed as arbitrators.
The Pledge was initiated in 2015 by members of the arbitration community. Today, it has 1,875 signatories.
As a follow-up event, the SCC hosted a dinner at its premises in Stockholm on 23 November 2016, where guests brainstormed about actual action points to implement the pledge.
On the practical side, there has been an improvement on appointments of women arbitrators at the SCC. The statistics for 2016 shows that, when the SCC made the appointment, 22.5% of women arbitrators were appointed. However, more needs to be done to ensure the number is moving in the right direction.
The SCC welcomes different initiatives to increase not only equal representation of women as arbitrators, but also active participation and more visibility of women in the legal industry in general.